Find the best things to do this weekend
Sydney’s two-wheeled twilight event is returning as a part of the Sydney Rides Festival. Hop on your bike and explore Mrs Macquarie’s Point at this free, family-friendly bike ride. Riders are encouraged to get glowed-up and enjoy sunset harbour views around the point, with added surprises.
This mega-market at the Cuttaway in Barangaroo brings together more than 200 designers and makers selling their handmade and locally produced wares for three big days. Along with fabulous local duds, jewellery and accessories, expect some big names from Sydney’s food scene. As always, the market centrepiece will be a large-scale installation artwork; this year by Maylin Evanochko from jewellery house, Mazdevallia.
This stupidly popular two-day bun fight is back in 2019 with even more burgers. The regular Burgapalooza stars will be bringing their stacked wonders back to Paramatta, with stalls by BL Burgers, Mister Gee’s, Down N Out and Burger Head, as well as newbies like fried chicken specialists Fat Belly Jacks and Alternative Meat Co flipping vegan patties.
The Perth-born popstar is finally jetting back to Australia for his long-awaited homecoming tour after traipsing through a string of shows in the US, Europe and Asia (not to mention appearances alongside the likes of Charli XCX and Taylor Swift). The Australian shows are part of Sivan’s Bloom tour, the first time that Sivan has toured on home soil since 2016.
This free, family-friendly festival challenges Eastern Suburbs residents to reduce their environmental impacts while still having a stellar day out. The Eco Living Expo features markets offering environmentally-friendly homewares and local products, plus a series of interactive workshops and demonstrations championing sustainable activities.
Sculptural greenhouses are the centrepiece of this ambitious new work by artist Lauren Brincat. Situated just outside the newly-opened Tallawong Metro Station, the greenhouses will be home to dozens of species, including both local and introduced species, all grown and crafted in consultation with horticultural experts and local plant-lovers.
It’s the first time these ice-sliding bumper cars have appeared in the city, and we’re hoping it’ll add an extra injection of fun to the ice skating rink. In addition to the whizzing ride on the ice, they’re promising DJ tunes and a winter-themed bar pouring warm-you-up cocktails and mulled wine.
This weekly Friday-night stand-up smackdown features a headliner and emcee with six shorter support slots from local talent. Even better: Staves brews its own ales, and there's plenty of choice on tap.
If you think you know more about swordplay than John Snow or if your skills with a lance are superior to William Thatcher’s, then you’d better head to St Ives Medieval Faire. The sixth annual ye olde celebration takes merry revellers back into the Dark Ages, where they can cheer on their champions at the jousting arena, skip along with the minstrels through the village markets and then gorge themselves at the tavern.
Running as part of Sydney Fringe Festival, this massive program of live music will help the broader Sydney community get to know some of the stellar acts coming out of Western Sydney. For three days, Parramatta Town Hall and surrounding venues will be ringing with the electro-tinged hip-hop of Hooligan Hefs, the moody punk-rock of Shogun and the Sheets, the synth-infused pop melodies of Laura Jean, and more.
These North Sydney markets stake the claim for being Sydney’s longest continuously running produce market, and the quality and range of the vendors makes this evident. Snaking through the seemingly small parklet on the northern CBD’s fringe, this bimonthly produce fair brings stallholders peddling orbs of creamy burrata, blood sausages, fist-sized heirloom tomatoes, salted caramel meringues, fresh egg pasta and more.
The 1975 started out experimenting as teenagers in an emo-type school band. Since then, they have released three studio albums with a fourth one on its way for next year. They aren’t afraid to experiment with genre, combining synth-pop with guitars and dance music that’s reminiscent of 1980s pop. Their songs are honest, looking at their own relationships, addictions and the complexities of modern life.
Featuring hand-picked theatre, cabaret and dance performances from Australia’s best independent theatre-makers, the inaugural fest was a huge success, and now UnWrapped is back for more, with two new risk-taking shows – plus some extra fun – taking place at the House throughout September.
Why is it that we know so much about NZ’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford’s parenting decisions, but we know so little about Scott Morrison’s? Political journalist Annabel Crabb has been tugging at these double standards, including the way we talk about women and men caring for their children, and seeing which ones fall apart at the seams.
Set in an alternate future dangerously close to our own, power failures and blackouts are routine and women disappear on an alarmingly regular basis. Plunging the audience into complete darkness, with only the voices of the two women to guide them, the play was described by The Guardian as “a resounding shot in the dark” when it premiered in London last year. This is the Australian premiere.
Any code-cracking, clock-watching, cipher-decoding wizzes will get a huge thrill out of this murder mystery experience created by the Australian National Maritime Museum. Styled like an escape room, Murder Mystery at Sea takes place on the appropriately spooky Royal Australian Navy ship, the Navy Destroyer HMAS Vampire. This unusual experience will only run for four days this September.
Kate Miller-Heidke is absolutely dominating our musical worlds right now – and rightly so. The classically trained musical tour de force took on Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year with her operatic, heart-rendering ballad ‘Zero Gravity’, which gained her a top ten spot in the competition. She'll be joined on stage at this Sydney Opera House performance by long-time collaborator (and real-life husband) Keir Nuttall.
While you won’t find the most famed greasy-haired potions masters or boy wizard at this creative drinking experience, you will have a lot of fun if you’re keen on the occult. Channel the powers of your coven idol, from Sabrina to Hermione and any of the kids from Wizards of Waverly Place, and brew boozy concoctions in your personal cauldron.
Natalie Bochenski and Amy Currie aren't afraid to ask the tough questions. Namely: is Love Actually a perfect rom-com or does it suck, actually? Amy is just about the strongest advocate Richard Curtis's Christmassy flick could hope for, while Natalie dismisses the movie as an outdated piece of fluff. Their debate forms the premise of this show which is heading to Sydney Fringe hot on the heels of a season in Edinburgh.
It’s imperative that you do not eat before you visit the Carriageworks Farmers Markets. You’ll want to save maximum belly space for your personal version of The Bachelorette where you decide who gets your dollars and what delicious produce gets to come home with you. If you like something soupy and savoury first thing go for the pho stand for a traditional Vietnamese start to the day, or there's a classic bacon and egg roll from Farmer Rod’s Free Range stall. Once the hounds of your hunger have been quieted it’s time to prepare for your next meal, or seven.
Sydney's Fringe might not be as old or well-funded as Melbourne's but it's spreading its footprint much further for its tenth anniversary. While the festival has its traditional hubs of music, theatre, art and performance all across the Inner West, it's also taking over the CBD.
Every Friday from 4pm, the main strip of Chinatown along Dixon Street transforms into a vibrant night market selling Asian street food, desserts and gifts. During peak times the narrow walkway can get a bit squishy, but the hustle and bustle is also what makes it fun. A number of Chinatown stalwarts run stalls each week, and you’ll also find stalls selling clothes, sunglasses, jewellery and phone cases.
When you sign up for a Bollywood dance class, you might build up an intimidating image of a huge-scale, theatrically synchronised, glittering show like those depicted in Indian cinema. Happily, the Friday evening class at Dance Central is more attuned to our amateur skill set while maintaining the energy of an enthusiastic film ensemble.
Michael Armitage is only in his mid-thirties but his uniquely beautiful paintings are in huge demand around the world. The MCA is presenting his first exhibition in Australia, which includes recent work and new large-scale paintings telling stories of folklore, history and memories from East Africa.
This fresh take on the zombie trope, at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, investigates a public school’s year 10 art and design teacher, Mrs Bathory, and the suspected murders of most of the student population. The powers that be are trying to cover it up as a head lice outbreak, but the seven girls left standing are nit-free and hot on Mrs Bathory’s case.
It’s an immediate, wonderous sensory overload when you hop off the lift at Crossover Dance Studio. The graffiti-clad space in Sydney’s CBD is filled with smaller studio blocks and open freestyle spaces where synchronised dancers bust incredibly fast hip-hop moves and breakdance to flowing electro-funk. Pop your popping cherry and break some shapes with the best.
These dog-friendly markets aren’t just a ritual for locals – loyal visitors from all over Sydney trek to Addison Road Community Centre for organic groceries and a wander around Reverse Garbage. There are plenty of stalls selling seasonal fruit and veg, plus Asian greens, honey and fresh seafood. If you visit on the first or fourth Sunday of the month, the longest lines will be found at La Casa Latina – a pop-up diner where you can eat authentic Mexican food.
Native to Western Australia, paper daisies are rarely seen outside the state, but every year the Australian Botanic Garden has a sprawling display of white, pink and yellow paper daisies that draws hundreds of people to the site. Over one million seeds have been planted to create the vibrant flowerbed in Sydney.
Artisans Market Glebe is all about handmade and local products, sold direct to you by the artist or designer who created them. The quarterly market takes place at Foley Park and there are around 60 stallholders selling jewellery, plants, furniture, fashion and childrens' toys.
A new wardrobe doesn’t have to mean popping tags on hundreds of dollars worth of swag, especially when you’re shopping at this long-standing secondhand market in Rozelle. The schoolyard of the Rozelle Public School has been a hive of weekend crate digging for more than 20 years, and while some stalls have almost earned long service leave, there are always newcomers keen to swap their good and chattel for some cold hard cash.The market runs across the weekend, although Saturday is the best day if it’s pre-loved clothing you’re after. You can find bargains for less than you’d spend on a coffee – it’s all about the chase. Don’t be afraid to dig down into the tables of tops and skirts, T-shirt piles and racks of leather jackets. And if you don’t need vintage boots, a floral dress or a designer bargain, stroll through stalls selling antiques, cut glass crystal, old suitcases, DVDs, furniture and bric-a-brac. There’s a stall out the front that sells crafting supplies and manuals, another that trades in new socks, and enough Glo-Mesh purses to clothe an entire Mad Men ball.When you’re completely overstimulated head to the top right corner of the market where a handful of food stalls sell Himalayan fare, fresh juices squeezed on demand, gozleme, and dim sum. Because it’s a school there are no soft drinks sold on site, but a watermelon and rockmelon juice should sort out any dusty heads, and if nothing in the second-hand market grabs your attention, you can always grab a plant from th
Just an hour away from Sydney’s CBD, Dharawal National Park provides stunning scenery. Until recently, public access to the bushland was restricted, now you can enjoy guided tours of the park every second Saturday of the month. Guiding the way will be an Aboriginal Discovery Ranger who will share local knowledge about flora and fauna along the way, as well as Dreamtime stories that connect Indigenous Australians to the area.
Nab one-off winners at this haven for pre-loved fashion and other eclectic goodies. There’s a mix of vintage and modern clothing – it leans towards traditionally feminine attire – and accessories, as well as handmade jewellery and funky trinkets.
The second Sunday of every month sees the art, design and fashion iteration of Kirribilli’s historic (est 1976) markets, centred on the weather-proof location of the Burton Street Tunnel right under Milsons Point Train station. Here you’ll find quirky millinery by Nitascraft, hilarious knitted parrots, octopuses and Barbie outfits by Irene, and cool laser-etched wooden phone cases by Bare-wood. There is also an excellent food court area where you can get a roast pork roll, quesadillas, churros, gözleme, paella, blynis, dim sum, banh mi or gelato.
Using the expanses of Orange Grove primary school, these markets fill the playground with covetable goods on a weekly basis. Farm fresh fruit and veg is everywhere here and you’re spoilt for choice for truss tomatoes, plump berries, technicolour capsicums and leafy greens. There’s also a glut of small producers for all your smallgood and fancy condiment needs.
This thriller by Hillary Bell is about a couple whose missing five-year-old daughter returns after nine months – with no scratches and no explanation. The original production played in Sydney in 2012, which would usually count a play out of a major revival for at least a few more years. However, it's a play so good, Griffin Theatre's artistic director Lee Lewis had to bring it back. This production stars Hilary Bell’s sister Lucy Bell and Les Miserables star Simon Gleeson.
Chicago was only a minor splash when it premiered on stage in 1975, but when it was given a stripped back and sexed up new production in 1996, it became an immediate sensation and eventually the longest running Broadway revival of all time. That's the production Sydney audiences will see.
What She Said packs out the room every Sunday at the Chippo Hotel. At this comedy spot for all women performers you’ll see a variety of stand up, storytelling, sketch and musical performances. In recent months, Bec Melrose, Lizzy Hoo and Alex Ward have all taken to the stage. The acts range from total first-timers to seasoned professionals, and the purpose of the event isn't just to give audiences a great time but to foster a supportive community of comedic talent. Tickets are just $10 online or $15 at the door.
Heath Franco is best known for his zany, provocative video works, which have been exhibited at The National, MONA FOMA and Dark Mofo. He always creates something that’s strangely beautiful and overwhelming in its use of rhythm, colour and pop culture imagery. So you can be sure that given the chance to take over Cement Fondu’s Paddington gallery, he’d doing something big. ‘Valley’ is Franco’s new installation that uses design, soundscapes and a huge range of materials to create an immersive environment in which elements from his video works seem to come out of the gallery walls and floors like a suspicious growth.
Fifty years ago, a young John Kaldor changed Australian art history when he invited international artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Sydney to wrap two and a half kilometres of coastline with vast swathes of white fabric. Fast forward half a century, and Kaldor has now staged 34 awe-inspiring public art projects from artists including Jeff Koons, Marina Abramovic, and Gilbert & George. To mark this anniversary, he's inviting British artist Michael Landy to create a retrospective exhibition.
Aeschylus’ classic Greek tragedy has been transplanted to Sydney and given a distinctly Australian reworking by Ang Collins at the Old Fitz. Agamemnon is a global pop star just returned home from a nine month global concert tour to deal with unfinished business and start her life afresh.
This highly regarded musical is based in Louisiana in 1963 and concerns an eight-year-old boy and his family’s maid, a single mother of four. It raises pertinent questions about economic inequality and white privilege, all set to a score combining blues, spiritual music, soul, motown and Jewish Klezmer.
Tjungu Palya is an Aboriginal-owned and run art centre in South Australia, around 450km south-west of Alice Springs at the base of the Mann Ranges. This exhibition from the centre is two years in the making and is taking place across both Artbank in Sydney and Melbourne.
Packed full of corruption, rape, cannibalism, mutilation and murder, Titus Andronicus is generally considered to be Shakespeare’s most violent play and tells the tale of two families locked in a cycle of bloodthirsty vengeance during the Roman Empire.
The Powerhouse Museum has become a biodiverse forest of flora and fauna with the arrival of the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. See stunning portrayals of the biogregions of Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand and Antarctica, including up-close investigations of animals and sprawling landscape scenes.
[Sponsored] Sunday afternoon often has a bittersweet note, but rather than worrying about the looming nine-to-five, Sokyo Lounge is inviting you to an afternoon of relaxation and cocktails for their weekly Sunday Sessions. Sokyo will be shaking, stirring, whipping and pouring their fabulous cocktails for $10-$12 throughout the afternoon. Entry is free and all you have to do is pop in from 4-7pm every Sunday to get amongst it.
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